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Council to decide on FY18 $5.516M budget

Adoption to be addressed Tuesday, Sept. 5

Grangeville City Hall

Grangeville City Hall

— CORRECTION -- Due to the Labor Day holiday, the council will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 5. The wrong meeting day was due to reporter error.

Fee increases were also corrected to clarify correct and specific rates for garbage and Snowhaven.

Next Tuesday, Sept. 5, the Grangeville City Council will be considering adoption of a $5,516,160 budget for upcoming fiscal year.

As part of this public hearing, the council will be also considering related increases in fees including water and sewer (up 3 percent), and garbage (up 6 percent). Adult and youth package rental fees will be increasing by $1 (between 6-8 percent) at Snowhaven Ski Area.

Public comment will be accepted at the hearing, which runs concurrent to the regular city council meeting starting at 7:30 p.m., city hall.

As proposed, the FY18 budget, effective Oct. 1, is a minimal increase — .35 percent or up $19,374 – from the current fiscal year. The city opted to take the full 3 percent increase on the property tax levy, increasing by $28,536 for a total $962,552.

Budget increases include 5.6 percent (up $31,200) for sanitation services. The increase was requested by Walco, Inc., with the last being five years ago in 2012.

The budget would also see an $8,644 jump (3.7 percent) in the medical insurance fund. City clerk Tonya Kennedy explained the actual premium has gone up 1 percent, and the remainder of the increase is from changes in persons – due to normal attrition and new hires — covered by the city.

The library fund will see a $5,975 increase (5.7 percent) from the current year.

The biggest decreases for this proposed budget include a 30 percent drop in the street fund, down $290,070 from FY17, and a 42 percent decrease (down $156,100) in the recreation fund. The sewer fund will have $26,150 less in the coming year, down 2.4 percent.

A copy of the proposed FY18 budget is available through city hall, 208-983-2851.


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